Holloway: Goalkeeper Forde will go down in Millwall history

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DAVID FORDE will "go down in history" when he makes his 300th appearance for Millwall on Saturday, manager Ian Holloway has said.

Forde will hope to celebrate becoming the 24th player to reach the landmark for the Lions with a clean sheet and three points at Bournemouth.

Only two other goalkeepers – John Joyce (385) and Bryan King (340) – have played more games for the club.



But with three years remaining on his contract at The Den, Forde could eventually claim that title.

"Fordey has been different class, as a servant to Millwall and as a bloke," Holloway told the Southwark News.

"He wants to improve and learn new things all the time. He's a credit to his profession.



"He will go down in history – look at how many people have been able to play through difficult times at this club.

"Being a goalkeeper, by nature, things don't always go well so what David has got is tremendous character and an ability to back himself.

"If something's gone wrong, he's been able to put it behind him and perform brilliantly.

"He embodies the qualities that we've got to search for and create amongst our players, especially the young ones coming through.

"Not many goalkeepers have been at Millwall for so long and managed to produce the form that David has shown during his career here.

"He's a very good role model, he's professional and he cares. You can trust him because he's a steady character and a reliable performer.

"Nothing flusters him – he's worth his weight in gold for us.

"I'm looking forward to working with him for the next three years, because that's what we gave him in the summer.

"It's very unusual for me to agree to that length of contract, particularly with older players, but the bloke is totally and utterly reliable."

Alan Dunne, who will move up to eighth in Millwall's all-time appearance list if he plays against the Cherries, has compared Forde with a "fine wine".

"With age he's getting better,” Dunne said. "Fordey is a big player for us.

"He has been a fantastic servant for this club. Goalkeeper is a difficult position to play at Millwall. It isn't easy here.

"To be approaching that number of games for this club, where you've got to have some balls about you and something inside you, is fantastic.

"There's aren't a lot of 'keepers out there who could play 300 games for Millwall. Credit to Fordey for achieving that – hopefully he won't catch me up.

"I've seen a lot of players fold at The Den but someone like Fordey has a tough mental attitude and you need players like that at Millwall."

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

18 thoughts on “Holloway: Goalkeeper Forde will go down in Millwall history

  • November 27, 2014 at 09:36
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    He couldn't lace Bryan Kings boots in my opinion

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  • November 27, 2014 at 09:39
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    Bryan King was absolute class.
    Sorry Forde but you do not compare.IMHO

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  • November 27, 2014 at 09:44
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    At Millwall we always under value what we have until we lose it, Forde certainly has made his errors and who hasn't, but if you look over his career he has been excellent for us. Whenever we let a great keeper go we always spend about four years trying to find a good regular keeper and that is when we realise the quality that we lost. Mark my words, when/if Forde finally moves on, we will rue the day we let him go.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 09:52
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      @glyngo: He is up there with the best we have had over the last 30 years (Horne/Keller/Warner/Sansome), remember the days of Marshall/Stack/Mildenhall/Bywater/CrossleyPidgeley/Roberts/Spink, etc... all good pro's but not at the highest level when they played for us.

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  • November 27, 2014 at 09:44
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    I agree totally. Now less of the chat get a loan strikerIn

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  • November 27, 2014 at 09:52
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    I agree totally. Now less of the chat get a loan striker in

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  • November 27, 2014 at 09:52
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    Pointless comparing Forde to other keepers.The facts are anyone who plays over 300+ times for the club,deserves respect for their commitment and loyalty.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 10:55
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      @the verminhater: Well said.

      It’s funny how long-serving players such as Dunne, Forde and Robinson get slated nowadays, whilst those from the past are untouchable. Cripps, Kitch, Rhino, etc, were great servants of this club, but would probably get slaughtered on here in this 24-hour news/digital age. For me, wearing the club shirt has been cheapened in recent years by the volume of duff loans and signings, so anyone who achieves this many games for Millwall is surely worthy of our respect.

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  • November 27, 2014 at 10:01
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    Fordeys a ledge

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  • November 27, 2014 at 10:47
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    Yes, Yes, Yes, Millwall have had lots of Real - Class Keepers over the years! And David Forde stands 'Proudly' with them. We can all remember Fordey saving many penalties, especially in Division 1 days. Enjoy Bournemouth with the rest of us David. ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • November 27, 2014 at 10:56
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    Respect for fordey.has been our rock for more games then he's made a pigs ear out of.that being said if he stayed on to 500 games he still wouldn't beas good as alex stepney and then his successor bryan king who felt didn't get the reconigtion by playing for england..he easily could walk straight into one of the top 6 in the country...

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  • November 27, 2014 at 11:32
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    F@*king love you Fordey!!

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  • November 27, 2014 at 11:56
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    He's in my top 3 Bryan king is no 1. Closely followed by forde & strepney. Well done mate

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    • November 27, 2014 at 13:08
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      @block 28: have to agree with you was always a Bryan King fan goalkeeper i liked from the past was Reg Davies

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    • November 27, 2014 at 20:27
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: not your falt your your young Missed the best keeper ever to put on a Millwall keepers jersey ,,,,, Oh Happy Days ,,,,, C O Y L ONWARDS

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  • November 27, 2014 at 11:57
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    Well done Fordey

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